The purpose of self-inquiry is to strengthen the resources of mindfulness and self-compassion through cultivating relationship with our self in each moment.
We all have the capacity to be empowered, to honor our body and claim our gifts and strengths. This is the hope of the human condition and the faith in the path.
Why on earth does our mind bring up sad memories when we’re having a good time? Why do we feel loneliness when someone offers us love?
If you’re feeling in need of a good oxytocin-infused cry, you might like to try Crying Meditation as part of a Somatic Self-Compassion practice.
When we notice we are shoulding on ourselves, it’s a beautiful act of self-compassion to follow that thread to see if it’s leading back to magical thinking.
“In listening to the body we know what we must care about. Core values come from felt senses, not from thought schema.” Staci K. Haines
We’re not all able or interested in sitting cross-legged during meditation, so it’s valuable to consider some options for supporting your body as you practice.
Auntie Rosemary is the person from my childhood who comes to mind when I tap into what it means to be nurtured, unconditionally loved and accepted. Visits to Auntie Rosemary’s crowded kitchen were one of the consistent highlights of my childhood. I felt at home, and I felt loved. So, as an adult, I recreated her kitchen.
Workplaces are starting to more actively support the use of tools like stress balls to help direct attention and calm nerves.
You can learn to collaborate with the wisdom of your body so that you are not wandering into your emotional material alone and unskilled during practice.
To titrate our experience is to intentionally keep ourselves in a state of safeness, in our window of tolerance, through opening and closing our exposure to stimulation.
Many of us travel long distances in our year, taking its toll on our mind and body. We can take care of ourselves as we do this.